One of the things that distinguish an R&B singer from singers of other genre is not just the amazing voice but their cute looks as well. Like every other R&B singer, one thing you will find attractive about Jonathan David Buck, also known as Jon B, is his smashing looks. The American singer, who is also a record producer and songwriter, has made it to the limelight since his emergence in the 1990’s with several hit songs to his name.
Although he is known for his varieties of music styles, Jon B is best known for being into contemporary R&B, soul music and Pop music. Most interestingly, the young singer is known as a songwriter for some legendary musicians like Michael Jackson and Toni Braxton.
Jon B’s Biography, Ethnicity
Jon was born on November 11, 1974, in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the second oldest of three siblings whose names are Deborah, his older sister and Kelvin, his younger brother. Interestingly, his siblings are both into music. His father David Buck, is a professor of music at Cal State while his mom Linda Buck, is a concert pianist. Jon’s ethnicity is Caucasian but he was raised in the African-American community in Pasadena, California and he attended a black church while growing up.
Having a musical background, Jon’s music career was inspired by some music albums he found in his grandparents’ record store. Among his best artists at that time were Babyface, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Duran Duran, Prince and Sade, among others. He began to write his own songs mostly during summer and after his high school year.
Jon was able to produce and record about 40 incredible songs including his debut album, Bonafide which helped him gain popularity at the time. Bonafide which was released on the Epic Records subsidiary 550 Music, was also the first recording released on Tracey Edmonds’ record label Yab Yum Record. Not only was the album one of rapper Tupac Shakur’s favourite, some of the singles in the album were featured on the soundtrack of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith action-comedy Bad Boys. The album rose to number 24 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart led by the Top Ten R&B single Someone to Love.
Prior to the release of his debut album, Jon wrote songs for the likes of Toni Braxton, Color Me Badd, the Spice Girls and even the internationally known “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson. Jon’s second album Cool Relax was released in 1997, two years after the first release. The album received positive reviews from music critics and it was rated as one of his most successful albums commercially. His two singles – They Don’t Know and Are You Still Down had the highest sale in the box office after selling over a million copies. His song Are You Still Down was a success through the assistance of American rapper and actor, Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as Tupac Shakur.
Jon B has a net worth of about $3 million thanks to his successful career in the music industry. His debut album Bonafide was certified Platinum in the US while his second Cool Relax performed better being certified 2x Platinum and rated #5 on the US R&B chart. His other albums such as Pleasures U Like (released, in 2001), Stronger Everyday (released in 2004), Holiday Wishes: From Me to You (released in 2006), Helpless Romantic (released in 2008), and Comfortable Swagg (released in 2012), all did well in the international market. In addition to successful albums, Jon’s singles did exceptionally well, adding to his rise to fame as well as financial income. Some of these singles which made a remarkable difference were “Pretty Girl“, Someone to Love” (featuring Babyface), “Are U Still Down” (featuring Tupac Shakur), and “They Don’t Know“.
Through the successes achieved in his music, Jon B was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1995 and Billboard awards in 1998.
Is Jon B Married? Who is his Wife, Children
Many people have always assumed Jon B is gay. Although he is yet to state a different sexual orientation, Jon B is believed to be straight. He is also married to his African-American wife, Danette Buck since 2007. Although he is white, Jon has been in relationships with black women. His first marriage was to singer Musiic K. Galloway who was featured in his debut album Bonafide. The two separated a short while later before he met his beautiful black wife Danette and proposed to her severally in private before making it public during a Valentine’s Day concert in Las Vegas. Currently, the couple shares two beautiful daughters together namely L’Wren, and Azure.